The Kansas Hard Red Wheat Tour wrapped up on Thursday. Tour participants estimate Kansas wheat production at 365 million bushels, in-line with the five-year average. “That’s higher than the latest NASS number that came out, but a lot has changed since the report, including beneficial rainfall,” said Aaron Harries, vice-president of research and operations, Kansas Wheat. Disease pressure is also being seen in fields. Harries said there’s potential for Kansas to have an above-average crop, but many things can happen between now and harvest. “We could see stripe rust across Kansas fields this week. Farmers had been trying to stay ahead of it and any stripe rust we found was at low levels. The concern is what happens as a result of rain in the forecast.”
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